Turismo

Monuments

La Lonja

La  Lonja
Location
Pilar Square

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Telephone
976 39 72 39
Opening hours

Open when there is an exhibition. Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 to 14h. and from 17 to 21h. Sundays and Bank Holidays from 10 to 14h. Monday closed.

Visit

Physical Accessibility

AccesibleAccessible
  • Parking: Yes. In Plaza del Pilar.
  • Access: Adapted entrance with wooden ramp, handrail and automatic doors. Adapted information desk
  • Mobility inside the building:
    • Spacious areas: Yes.
    • Rest areas: Yes, with benches.
    • Flooring: Marble.
    • Adapted toilets: No.

This information is supplied by the Association for the Physically Handicapped of Aragón

Visit included in the Renaissance Walk.

Chronology

16th century

Style

Renaissance

Points of interest

Façada, Inner hall

Information

Interés Monumental (BIC)Documento en formato pdf

Text

The building was built by the Town Council, for use as a Corn Exchange, according to the project by master Juan de Sariñena. It is the first totally Renaissance palace of the city and the most important civilian construction of the 16th century in Aragon.

Its façades show a brilliant interpretation of the Italian models, adapted to brickwork; there are three floors with the number of openings increasing in height. The early use of leaded glass in the windows of the second floor must be highlighted, in order to achieve the necessary inner lighting for thr activities that are developed there. The decoration is focused on the top floor, with the double semicircular arch windowed balcony enriched with busts of people in polychrome plaster.

The outer division into floors does not correspond to the inner space, which occupies a single hall with naves separated by ringed columns and covered with starred vaults. The new Renaissance style is also followed in the decoration, visible above all in the windows and in the frieze of the inscription, which runs around the hall. The most repeated motif is the city shield, carried by angels on the capitals of the columns and worked in the keystones of the vaults. In the centre of the four sides the shield of emperor Carlos appears, sustained by lions and framed by the Golden Fleece. Above this hall is the floor, which corresponds to the outer windowed balcony, which is reached by a spiral staircase located inside an outer tower, which has disappeared today; the function it fulfilled was that of warehouse for the district arms.

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